Medicine/Healing

Oakland could become 2nd U.S. city to decriminalize… mushrooms

Oakland, Calif., could become the second city in the U.S. to decriminalize certain natural hallucinogenics, including “magic mushrooms. The resolution applies only to psychedelics derived from plants or fungi, not synthetic drugs like LSD or MDMA. Original Article (The Hill):Oakland could become 2nd U.S. city to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushroomsArtwork Fair Use: Bob Embleton

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Politics

Oakland council [discusses] decriminalizing natural psychedelics

Councilman Noel Gallo, who introduced the resolution, said he hopes that the decriminalization of natural psychedelics could help people with mental health issues … Council President Rebecca Kaplan said Friday she supports the resolution. “We need all the help we can get to deal with the mental health issues that we have,” Gallo said, “If…

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Science

Chronic marijuana use in male teens not linked to later issues [according to American Psychological Association]

Bechtold was expecting to find a link between teen marijuana use and a variety of later symptoms. But the study found that both physical ailments (such as cancer, asthma and respiratory problems) and mental ailments (such as lifetime depression and anxiety), were equally likely for non-marijuana users and frequent smokers … the results were published…

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Modern Culture

Call-to-action for ethical space-holding

These times, and working in these sacred and subtle, sensitive realms require ethics that far surpasses the standards that dictate dominant paradigm interactions. What are ethically-held entheogenic containers, therapies, and ceremonies? I can tell you it is NOT : forced touch, pushing farther, harder, deeper, or more … these spaces, ceremonies, ways are meant to induce…

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Spirituality

The case for taking psychedelics seriously

If conservatives are concerned about the harms caused by hard drugs, psychedelics should be their friend, not their foe. There has long been disagreement within conservatism regarding the proper role of the free market, the question of whether or not the excesses of our economic system commodify that which ought to provide us with meaning.…

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Medicine/Healing

When treatment means punishment

Throughout history and to this day, treatment itself has often meant punishment. Without a careful interrogation of what we mean by “treatment” and the history of coercion, criminal justice reforms will be reforms in name only. Drug courts, which coerce people into treatment under threat of criminal punishment, continue to expand nationally. But three decades…

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Politics

‘Legalization 2.0’: social equity becomes a key question

Some veterans of early state legalization campaigns have reckoned with their limitations. “We were overly cautious at the time, looking back,” said Art Way, the Drug Policy Alliance’s director in Colorado. “But it didn’t feel that way” when legalizing marijuana and ending many arrests were unprecedented goals in themselves. Original Article (Leafly):‘Legalization 2.0’: social equity…

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